Music Manufacturing

Tom Thompson first heard an organ in a small church as a child and knew at that moment that somehow, someway, that instrument would be a part of his life. He was right! His first job in the industry was dusting organs and pianos in a small store, where he was able to play on all the latest models....
Phil Thompson enjoyed working in the leather company his grandfather formed in Nashville. As a teenager Phil made himself a leather guitar strap in the shop, although the business at the time was devoted to horse accessories. When Martin Guitars asked if the company could make a series of straps...
Lyndell Thompson was delighted when her two sons, Phil and James, came to her and her husband with a new idea for their Nashville-based leather company. The year was 1978. Until that point the company had made horse accessories, a market that was slowly decreasing. The boys suggested making...
Morley Thompson’s financial background was a key element in the expansion of the Baldwin Piano Company during the 1980s. Morley created a credit company and finance programs under the Baldwin name to branch off from the company’s core technology and invest on a larger scale. The changes came in the...
Norm Thompson began his career in the music products industry as a salesman for retailers in Memphis during the 1950s. He worked his way up to a position of buyer for the store O. K. Hauck, which introduced him to the wholesalers, many of whom he would later work for. Norm found it rewarding to...
Fred Tinker and Rodgers Jenkins formed the Rodger Instrument Company.  The partnership began when their church asked if they would join the team to help purchase an organ.  Fred and Rodgers thought they could build one instead. Over the years the company introduced many innovative products,...
Roberto Tirado began working in the music industry with William Lewis & Son, the famed violin company out of Chicago.  After studying building and repairs he was given the opportunity to head the string instrument line for Gemeinhardt in Elkhart, Indiana.  For years Roberto has worked to...
Michael Tobias is well known as a gifted and knowledgeable guitar luthier. The Tobias bass, now made by Gibson, has often been praised for its playability and unique sound. Mike is also among the country’s leading authorities on American guitars, having been a guitar repairman since he was 23...
Tommy Tompkins began working for CG Conn in Elkhart, Indiana right after high school.  He worked in a variety of positions within the company before his training and certification on waste water management.  Tommy, like so many of the factory workers at Conn-Selmer, enjoys working with his co-...
 Zhi Cheng Tong is the Chairman for Pearl River Pianos in China and one of the longest-term employees of the company that was established in 1956.  Chairman Tong joined the company just two years later.  Since that time, Chairman Tong has made his products among the best known pianos in the world,...

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